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for Mon., Dec. 31
  • Home Composting Class

    Learn how to turn organic waste into fertilizer for your garden. This class is offered as part of the city's Home Composting Rebate Program.
    Sat. Feb. 16., 12pm-1:30pm
    Brite Ideas Hydroponics & Organics
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    L'oca d'oro: NYE Queen Dinner

    Can you do the fandango? You don't have to, of course, but this feast from L'oca d'oro's chef Fiore Tedesco will let you party like a rock star, anyway, with a menu inspired by the music of Queen. And while you eat and drink your way toward 2019, they'll be screening old videos of the best that arena rock has to offer. Note: "Dress to slay and take home posters, gift cards, and wine." Call for reservations!
    Mon., Dec. 31, 5-11pm. $75.
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    Sour Duck Market: New Year's Eve

    It's the Sour Duck Market team’s first New Year's Eve party, and they'll be roasting two different styles of pig to be accompanied by other passed plates, along with s’mores kits – allowing guests to snuggle up with some cocoa by the fire and toast their marshmallows to their liking – while bartenders serve up some Texas grapefruit palomas and hot buttered rum in addition to a sweet plethora of beers on tap. (Bonus: Circle Brewing Co. debuts their barrel-aged Brett Imperial Porter.) And a complimentary midnight toast? You betcha, citizen!
    Mon., Dec. 31, 6pm. $35.  
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    Suerte: New Year's Eve Taco Fiesta

    Oh, this excellent place! And tonight there's a one-of-a-kind tasting menu created by chef Fermín Núñez and his kitchen, starting with an array of botanas, followed by nine delicious tacos, and ending – stuffed and happy –with dessert.
    Mon., Dec. 31, 5:30 & 9pm. $85.
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    Andiamo Ristorante: New Year's Eve

    Ring in 2019 the Italian way at Andiamo Ristorante, with a succulent four-course meal accompanied by live music. Sea scallops, prosciutto, lobster risotto, pan-seared halibut, veal osso bucco, OMG we're not even to dessert yet!
    Mon., Dec. 31, 5-10pm. $75.  
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    Antonelli’s Cheese Shop: Classes & Date Nights

    Yes, we’re telling you about these events at Austin’s favorite cheese shop early because 1) they’re so damned fun and informative and tasty, and 2) they – because of the previous reason – tend to sell out in advance like whoa! So start prepping your fun-time schedule this year for the likes of Cheese 101: The Seven Styles of Cheese (Jan. 8), Cheese Date Night (Jan. 10 & 24), Soft Cheeses and Bubbles (Jan. 11 & 22), and that much-buzzed-about Cheese-y Bus Tour (Jan. 26).
    $40-125.  
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    Carpenters Hall: New Year's Eve

    Eat well, drink up, and welcome the new year in style at Carpenters Hall as chef Grae Nonas and team present a festive five-course menu that pays delicious homage to classic hotel dishes (think beef Wellington and baked Alaska) and includes a champagne toast at midnight.
    Mon., Dec. 31. $85.  
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    Central Market Cooking Classes

    Check out the CM Cooking School for a full slate of classes covering everything from savories to sweets, from paella to pork to pomegranate au gratin. Always a good idea to schedule a class and learn new skills and tips from this hometown bastion of instructional gastronomy.
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    Cru: New Year's Eve Gala Dinner

    The chefs at CRÚ are featuring a four-course prix fixe menu for this festive occasion. Come for an early dinner or score a late seating and enjoy a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight, with plenty of wine and low-key fanfare to celebrate the new year. Buh-bye, 2018, so glad to see you go.
    Mon., Dec. 31. $55.
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    Eberly New Year's Eve Dinner

    Eberly welcomes your 2019 in the guise of a three-level Parisian Masquerade-themed celebration with live music, casino prizes, food, drinks, and more. Listen: The Cedar Tavern hosts a masked ball and French circus sideshow; the study is transformed into the Versailles Hall of Mirrors; and the Cannon Room evokes the Moulin Rouge Red Light District. And who's sparking this spectacle? DJ Andreas Santiago of Dapper Sounds, DJ Gatsby, a mime, a caricature artist, and a contortionist. Don't miss the absinthe station, of course, and know you'll be feasting on the likes of sea scallops aguachile, buckwheat tagliatelle cacio e pepe with truffles, Ranger cattle rib eye, Dover sole, and more.
    Mon., Dec. 31, 8pm-2am. $150.  
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    Emmer & Rye: New Year's Eve Dinner

    Emmer & Rye. Chef Kevin Fink. Names to conjure with, even internationally, when discussing the best of any city's cuisine. You want to end this 2018 of a year on the highest culinary note, here's your meal. It's got caviar and oysters; it's got smoked snapper and shrimp; it's replete with guanciale ravioli and turnip soubise and cauliflower and capers; it's anchored by a NY strip steak with grilled mushrooms. See the link for details and, mmmmm, their Napoleonic dessert offering will surprise you.
    Mon., Dec. 31. $100.  
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    Fresa's New Year's Eve Pre-Party

    Yes, why not enjoy a fine meal and a few drinks before you go out to obliterate what's left of 2018, citizen? Fresa's on South First, that busy bastion of flavorful noms, will be rocking a wood-grilled chicken dinner buffet and lavishing you with NYE swag among all their happy-hour drink specials.
    Mon., Dec. 31, 5-8pm. $10.  
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    Gibson Street Bar Gets Jolly With It

    And now that rockin' Gibson on South Lamar joins in with the jiggery jingles, featuring over-the-top holiday decor (a totally Instagrammable sleigh, FFS) and a slate of seasonal libations. (We're partial to the so-called Rum-Pa-Pa-Pum, because a mix of Sailor Jerry's, cinnamon-brown-sugar butter, clove, and honey is, woooo, powerfully delicious.) Bonus: live music from the Misfit Toys on Wednesday nights.
    Through Dec. 31
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    Hey, Beer Lovers: German Chocolate Cake Stout

    Did you know that Independence Brewing Co. and the Alamo Drafthouse team up once a year to produce an annual release called End Credits? They do – and 2018's thirst-quenching finale is the above-named stout, now available at all 20 Drafthouse locations in Texas.
    Through Dec. 31
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    It's Italian Cucina: New Year's Eve

    Welcome 2019 with celebratory Italian fare. Tonight, you can choose from Northern or Southern Italian cuisine with a different four-course meal representing each, curated by that remarkable chef Al Fini. Bonus: live entertainment and complimentary bubbles at midnight. Buon' anno!
    Mon., Dec. 31. $45.
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    June's All Day: Bollywood NYE

    Tonight's festive shindig features a fancy, three-course, prix fixe spread of the popular joint's beloved Indian Pub Night fare – including rogan josh with lobster and shrimp, aloo gosht with lamb shank, and a whole lot more. Check out what bubbles master sommelier June Rodil's set aside for your toasting pleasure. Bonus: A live DJ brings the upbeat bang-a-lang starting at 7:30, and you know this party will rock into the night.
    Mon., Dec. 31. $65.
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    Kemuri Tatsu-ya: New Year's Eve?

    The answer is yes. Kemuri will have regular dinner service, with an à la carte menu of year-ending specials. For instance, Shinjuku style beef ribs with spicy kabocha pickle and black garlic sauce. And smoked duck rillette with ginger and lotus, duck tongue tare, crispy duck egg meringue. Also, cold-smoked Shio Koji Ora king salmon belly and handles with chanterelles. And more, but especially the night's dessert: milk tea custard, sorghum cake, textures of red currant whiskey sour, smoked kabocha ganache, and popped sorghum. Pro tip: RESERVE YOUR TABLE NOW.
    Mon., Dec. 31, 5-11pm  
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    La Volpe New Year's Eve

    We've been smitten with this foxy place since an opening-day server whispered "white truffle lasagne with porcini mushrooms" to us. As 2018 slouches toward 2019 this night, La Volpe's offering a four-course dinner featuring choices of Gulf oyster casino, Caprese salad, mushroom bruschetta, stuffed veal chop, grilled swordfish, filet mignon, and more. But which of the two desserts to choose? Hint: The one made with dark chocolate mocha, espresso espuma, caramelized orange sauce, orange slices, and candied orange peels.
    Mon., Dec. 31. $75.
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    Launderette: New Year's Dinner

    Grilled oysters. Ratatouille en croute. Escargot. Lobster roll. Texas Wagyu strip. Hibiscus poached pear. Oh, that's just one set of lovely prix fixe choices that await you at this excellent dining spot on the last day of an otherwise frustrating year. Say hello to 2019 with the happiest stomach ever.
    Mon., Dec. 31, 5-10pm. $85.  
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    Native Hostel: New Year's Eve Disco Shit

    Perfect place to use those moves like Jagger and dress like Andy's shooting you for Interview at 54, we reckon, with the whole joint transmogrified into a funky disco inferno, with champagne bubbles a-bubbling, party poppers a-popping, that New Year's ball a-dropping right in the middle of all the dazzling dancefloor action and mixologically enhanced mafficking.
    Mon., Dec. 31, 8pm-2am. $40-80.  
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    Nickel City: Sippin' Santa

    Wait, Nickel City has done what? Turned itself into a sort of tiki-powered Polynesian holiday wonderland? Yes, until the year's end – with a raft of new themed cocktails among the classic oceanic gewgaws. (Kris Kringle Colada, anyone? How about a Rudolph Shoots the Curl?) And they'll be hosting a luau party every Saturday in December. Bonus: 10% of all sales go to Action Against Hunger.
    Through Dec. 31
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    Olamaie: New Year's Eve

    You were wondering if that local pinnacle of Southern-inflected cuisine was doing anything to bid 2018 good riddance? Wonder no more, food-lover, because the answer is: Yes, they are – with a three-course menu and a glass of celebratory bubbles. Book a seat while you can, as this excellent venue fills up fast.
    Mon., Dec. 31. $85.
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    Oskar Blues Brewery: Early NYE

    Nothing says you have to party all the way to midnight in the same place, right? So start off, at least, here at the live-music-enhanced and family-friendly event presented in the Austin home of this Colorado-based brewery.
    Mon., Dec. 31, noon-6pm. Free.  
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    Parkside New Year’s Eve Dinner

    What sort of culinary delights are Shawn Cirkiel and his talented Downtown crew offering to help you bid good riddance to 2018? For instance, venison tartar. Quail and dumplings. Spanish prawns and lobster. Chestnut soup. Braised lamb. Arctic char. Peppermint chocolate semifreddo. And that's not the half of it! Better make those reservations ASAP.
    Mon., Dec. 31, 5-10pm. $70.  
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    Pitchfork Pretty: New Year's Eve

    Yes, that Eastside family-style, garden-to-table restaurant isn't shirking when it comes to ringing in 2019: They're preparing a special seven-course tasting menu, rooted in soulful cooking, sure to make your palate swoon. Among the night's delights: Red shrimp with mashers, duck l'orange with cranberry and rye, grilled beef rib and chili, icebox pie, and – oh, wine pairings also available, of course!
    Mon., Dec. 31, 5-10:45pm. $125.26.  
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    Punch Bowl Social: 90s New Year's Eve

    Get your new year on all 90s-style, with a bangin’ playlist, a balloon drop, and specialty sparkling punch (pictured – and it looks damned good, doesn't it?) at this Domain-based bastion of camaraderie and cavorting. Wait, wait – whatcha gonna wear? We recommend parachute pants, of course! Just … mind that rip cord, citizen, y'hear?
    Mon., Dec. 31, 9pm-2am  
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    Texas French Bread: NYE Supper

    Does "fresh baked chocolate cherry sourdough topped with peanut butter cream" sound like something you'd be a little interested in, citizen? We concur, pretty much drooling, but caution that such goodness is only the dessert portion of what this local bastion of culinary excellence is dishing up for that night when 2018 turns (as if by the Ticktockman's decree) into 2019. Would you believe, fried oysters? Gulf pompano? A French cassoulet with confit duck, sausage, and heirloom white beans? Your faith, then, will be much rewarded. And this meal is much recommended.
    Mon., Dec. 31
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    TRACE: Devour: New Year’s Eve Dinner

    The most indulgent foods imaginable, they say, for starting your new year off with? There'll be a queso fountain and a truffle bourbon milkshake, for starters, and brisket, and – yeah, these folks know how to pamper a jaded palate, all right. Dinner will be served reception-style and includes champagne, of course, with beats from DJ Moya to put some 2019 in your ears.
    Mon., Dec. 31, 6pm-2am. $75.  

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